Those striking working class london bus drivers, and essex firemen

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  • Those striking working class london bus drivers, and essex firemen
  • project
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    Whats the country coming to highly skilled working class bus drivers and fire menand women are striking over more cash, for working longer hours and other stuff, the doctors go on strike and they follow, wonder which group has the most clout and win what they want.

    All 3 groups have skills that take years of training, but 2 groups are thought of as being of a lower class.

    Discuss.

    Ps london bus drivers to strike tomorrow for 24 hours, and the firemenn various one day strikes over the next few months.

    and yet if they were of the teaching profession you’d be full of vitriol.

    MrSmith
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    salt ov the earth mate, dontya jus luvum.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Ya just seem to be in a provocative mood… Not too sure why, are you??

    TheBrick
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    I wouldn’t trust a bus driver that took years to train.

    motofal
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    It’s all about pensions I’m afraid. Not so much pay although in some cases there have been pay freezes for the last 5 years. The doctors are totally justified in my opinion, a doctor on the radio highlighted a very valid point which is life expectancy beyond retirement. Retirement ages are being pushed to the max l, could they be trying to reduce the likelihood of paying out full pensions?!

    Premier Icon Radioman
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    Not surprised government are trying to push retirement dates out. If as stated in media, the
    pension for docs is as big as 67k a year that would cost the government about 1.2million each person in today’s money. One of the consequences of that silly quantitative easing that produces ridiculously low long term rates that don’t really help anyone

    bradley
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    My father works for the fire brigade. Government promised them a pay rise every 2 years. This will be his 3rd without. He doesn’t mind so much because hes gained promotion but only through his own doings. He’s also paying in more to his pension every month now, bringing the payment to pension over £500 a month now for no extra benefit after they increased percentages…

    Premier Icon Radioman
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    Ps I’m not trying to say docs get too much just saying we are in a big mess pension wise. I wish the “powers that be ” would stop distorting interest rates with quantitative easing. Pension costs are also killing companies in the private sector. The money involved in QE doesn’t even flow round the real economy but stays in the banking sector…aaaargh!

    motofal
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    Yep big old mess, worst thing that happened was the media making it a private versus public. Which it isn’t, we’re all in the together. As said above the fire fighters have not seen pay rise in 3 or more years, now being asked to work longer and pay more monthly contributions yet getting a reduced pension in the end. The thing that bugs me is they want firefighters to work to ages where it is not physically possible to do the job!

    brack
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    And what age would that be?

    67?

    The age that paramedics have to work to.

    Now there is a profession who is fully entitled to moan about their lot!

    Premier Icon Frodo
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    Those dam bus drivers (and train drivers while were at it) are plain just damm greedy!

    I think most honest hard working folk here would see the Olympics as an opportunity …an opportunity to get more overtime and earn more money. …rather than an opportunity to extort more money from the travelling public.

    Why is it that some people don’t feel that they have to earn what they are paid?

    Lifer
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    brack – Member
    And what age would that be?

    67?

    The age that paramedics have to work to.

    Now there is a profession who is fully entitled to moan about their lot!

    Why does it have to be a competition?

    mrlebowski
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    Bus drivers highly skilled? Years to train?

    Please tell me that’s a joke!

    brack
    Member

    Competition?

    There’s no competition…? Just merely stating a fact!

    Premier Icon totalshell
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    on QT tonight dimbles pointed out that the average dr has a 48k pa pension and asked the audience how many of them got that much.. answer not one..

    Premier Icon martymac
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    bus drivers are highly skilled, i got 9 days training and passed the test first time.
    the reason there is a shortage of bus drivers in the uk is because most people cant handle the shifts/ working with the public.
    edit:i was being sarcastic about highly skilled, the actual job is a piece of piss.

    motofal
    Member

    Totally agree paramedics are just as important as any other proefession and do a valuable job which not everyone can do. I couldn’t do it. However in response the age is 65 but, bear in mind trying to climb a 13 metre ladder with a 30kg weight in your back whilst carry a hose, then possibly add the heat of around 700 hundred degrees and I would doubt you could find many 65 year olds capable of doing that! On a different note, I feel
    Most sorry for the private workers who have paid into pensions for years only to be told they’ll et nothing! THAT is awfull!! P.s. do doctors get more money when it’s busy, do firefighters get more money when it’s busy or paramedics. No they all go beyond what they are required to do so why should bus drivers be any different. Absolute joke.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    “What’s the world coming to?”

    As ever, it’s just trundling along ok, it’s not about to end or even change dramatically, yet you need to whine on and on and on in your uber dull threads…

    Divide and conquer?

    khani
    Member

    Divide and conquer?

    Bingo!..Got it in one….How much are politicians retiring on?…

    Flaperon
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    working with the public.

    Don’t think that’s on the job description! Bus drivers who stare mutely at you as though you’re expected to know the fare (despite the fact it’s different on each of the four companies running the route), glaring at you when you try to pay with a £5 note, and then booting it from standstill while people are still standing up.

    About time they started fitting black boxes to buses so accelerator / brake pedal inputs and actual acceleration can be recorded and flagged up if unusually aggressive or high. Take some responsibility for their work.

    My job will be intensely stressful during the Olympics but I don’t expect, nor ask for, extra cash.

    * Note to self – next time on a London bus, pay with £20 note simply to annoy the driver.

    johnners
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    Note to self – next time on a London bus, pay with £20 note simply to annoy the driver.

    Maybe you should ask yourself what kind of person would go out of their way to deliberately annoy someone else?

    Premier Icon martymac
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    all the buses are already fitted with black boxes to monitor acceleration/braking/cornering forces.
    imo, there are 2 types of people driving buses, there are bus drivers and people with a category D entitlement on their licence.
    i fully understand your comments re the blank stare you get off some drivers, but not all drivers are like that, im not.

    AndyA
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    The Essex fire service strikes aren’t over the pension issue. They are striking over cuts to frontline services. Pensions is a national issue, so if there’s going to be strike action over pensions every brigade in the country will be involved and not just Essex.

    Premier Icon Mad Pierre
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    It’s hard to sympathise with any public sector workers whose pensions are being shafted when the same happened to the private sector ages ago. It’s just “welcome to the (slightly more) real world” Doc…..

    project
    Member

    martymac – Member
    all the buses are already fitted with black boxes to monitor acceleration/braking/cornering forces.
    imo, there are 2 types of people driving buses, there are bus drivers and people with a category D entitlement on their licence.
    i fully understand your comments re the blank stare you get off some drivers, but not all drivers are like that, im not.

    Along with cctv inside and out gps recording the route and times, and nat express coaches with breathalysers, i still think driving a bus of 70 people who all think they can drive the thing better and faster or slower, who dont care about the driver, who dont have the right money, who moan about late running, who treat the inside of the bus like a toilet or takeaway, who swear and scream at the driver for anything, who make malicious claims for compo, and who generally do their best to be obnoxious to toher passengers.

    butcher
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    They got grilled on Radio 4 this morning. It seems like the same old thing over and over again, and I’m not sure where I stand because there’s more than one side to it.

    Basically, those who have the opportunity to milk it, will.

    The rest of us just plod on with no extra pay, working through lunch breaks, no pensions, holidays when we’re told we can have them….or is that just me?? And this is the thing, without these whingers, we’d all still be stuck in the s***, working long hours for little pay, while we get milked by the rich.

    There’s contempt, because many of these people already have it good, but those that don’t don’t have the voice because they’ll promptly be shown the door…so as embassadors, perhaps they’re doing the right thing…

    We just need to keep the balance, as we’re in danger of having bus drivers become the rich, and subsequently rule the world. Or something.

    Some food for thought.

    Premier Icon martymac
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    @ project,
    yep all of that is dead right.
    our buses (stagecoach) have the gps and cctv as well as a traffic light warning on the dash which turns red if you corner too hard etc.
    i still think the job is pretty easy tho tbh.
    i was offered the chance to go to london for the olympics, it was easy to decline, even though its (a little) more money.
    EDIT:
    @ butcher,
    most of your statements would apply to me as well, working through breaks, never being finished on time, no pension, holidays when im told i can have them regardless of whether its convenient for me etc.
    thats the way life is in many industries atm, too many folk on the dole waiting to take your job innit?

    project
    Member

    Martymac, have a look for a book about Stagecoach by Chrisian Wolmar, a really good read,about multi millionaire Ann Gloag and Sir Brian Souter, the founders of stagecoach.

    Premier Icon binners
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    As far as the bus drivers are concerned, it’s worth noting that the Transport for London directors recently voted themselves an £80,000 Olympic bonus apiece. On top of their hardly insububstantial salaries. When those above you have got their snouts in the (taxpayer funded) trough to that extent, they can hardly be that surprised if the drones fancy a piece of the action.

    Given those figures, a demand for 500 notes actually seems quite restrained

    loum
    Member

    Bit harder to support the bus strikes.
    The other services strike effected were non-essential or not urgent, with care taken to avoid hardship for the public where they really needed the service. With the bus-strike, its fairly easy for the average folk to find alternative transport for the day. But the more vulnerable, the disabled, old, or pregnant ladies, who can’t use the alternatives are the ones that suffer more due to the bus strike.
    Personally, don’t know what they could have done differently but ,imo, it makes it less likely to gain public support.

    Premier Icon martymac
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    @ project, i will do m8, its available on amazon.
    i notice that i cant get on his website though?
    error 403.

    CaptJon
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    The average salary of a GP is £105,700. This is four times the country’s average wage (and quite right too), so of course they are going to get bigger pensions than most people. And let’s not forget, pensions are deferred wages.

    spotted this on the Guardian – it shows that employee contributions to the NHS scheme only doubled over the last 10 years but the employer contributions (from taxpayers) rose seven fold over the same period. If you extrapolate the figures and allow for the massive increase in employees who will receive a pension in the future it’s pretty easy to see why the government are trying to reform the pension scheme now:

    NHS BSA Pension Figures

    Flaperon
    Member

    Maybe you should ask yourself what kind of person would go out of their way to deliberately annoy someone else?

    I’m going for small-minded, petty, and childish?

    Premier Icon Radioman
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    Farmer John that’s just the point. Long term interest rates have got so stupidly low that to give someone a decent pension it requires mind boggling amounts of cash. That has closed down many private sector companies and also threatens government pension schemes. Yet the wise economic policy committee men still talk about more quantitative easing designed to bring down long term interest rates. They say this will help the economy, but it makes no sense.

    It’s hard to sympathise with any public sector workers whose pensions are being shafted when the same happened to the private sector ages ago. It’s just “welcome to the (slightly more) real world” Doc…..

    maybe if private sector workers hadnt rolled over so easily it might not have happend. Or maybe they were happy to dance with the devil.

    chewkw
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    These striking people are either rather greedy or simply being wound up by the the Unions …

    maybe if private sector workers hadnt rolled over so easily it might not have happend. Or maybe they were happy to dance with the devil.

    Maybe they knew that the alternative was the company making them redundant and opening a factory in Poland instead

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8507066.stm

    I’ve often wondered if the vocal minority of the public sector would be quite so militant if they knew there was an alternative – not long before the tube drivers get replaced by computer controlled automation for example.

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